Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands names leadership team

HOUSTON - (Feb.9, 2015) - Texas Children's Hospital is proud to announce Michelle Riley-Brown aspresident and Dr. Charles Hankins as chief medical officer of Texas Children'sHospital The Woodlands. For more information about Texas Children's HospitalThe Woodlands, visit texaschildrens.org/thewoodlands.

Slated to open in 2017, the 548,000-square-foot,state-of-the-art facility is being designed specifically to serve children andfamilies. Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands will offer inpatient andoutpatient specialty pediatric care in areas including: cancer, cardiology,neurology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology, sports medicine,gastroenterology and nutrition, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery,otolaryngology, allergy and immunology, dermatology, adolescent medicine andphysical rehabilitation.

"We are excited tocontinue our commitment to providing care to patientsand families across the Greater Houston community," says Randy Wright, executive vice president of Texas Children'sHospital. "Michelle and Dr. Hankins are seasoned leaders who will help expandthe reach of our mission as they have continuously demonstrated during theirtenure at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus."

Riley-Brown, whomost recently served as president of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus,completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University. She earned a master's degreein healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine andjoined Texas Children's in 1999 as an administrative fellow.

Riley-Brown has been a leader in the Texas Children's systemfor more than 15 years, with roles including assistant director of TexasChildren's surgical clinics and director of Texas Children's Health Centers.She played an integral role in the successful preparation and execution ofTexas Children's Hospital West Campus, which opened its doors in 2010. Throughouther time at Houston's first community hospital designed exclusively forchildren, Riley-Brown served as director of strategic planning and businessdevelopment, assistant vice president, vice president, senior vice presidentand president. She is also a fellow of the American College of HealthcareExecutives and just completed her tenure as the 2014 president and chair of theAmerican College of Healthcare Executives - South East Texas Chapter.

"I am honored to be named president of Texas Children'sHospital The Woodlands," says Riley-Brown. "As the demand for high-qualitypediatric care continues to grow throughout our area, we look forward to providingaccess to services in a more convenient location for our patients andfamilies."

Hankins, who most recently served aschief medical officer of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, has more than 30years of pediatrics practice experience. He earned his undergraduate andmaster's of business administration degrees from The University of Tennessee,Knoxville and a medical degree from The University of Tennessee Health ScienceCenter in Memphis. A board certified neonatologist, Hankins began his medicalcareer in the military, completing an internship and residency in pediatricsand a fellowship in neonatal/perinatal medicine while serving in the U.S. Army.

Throughout his 12-year tenure at TexasChildren's, Hankins has held numerous roles including medical director of TexasChildren's Community Initiatives Program, playing an instrumental part indeveloping strong community partnerships. His efforts contributed to thesuccessful implementation of Texas Children's services at five Houston-areahospital locations and a team of providers now helps manage newborns inmultiple facilities including CHI St. Luke's Health-The Woodlands Hospital. An associate professor of pediatrics-neonatologyat Baylor College of Medicine, Hankins is also a fellow of the American Academyof Pediatrics.

"As a resident of The Woodlandsmyself, I am thrilled to help lead the team who will expand our expert servicesin this booming population," says Hankins. "I look forward to the many ways wewill benefit the health of children and families in this community."

Texas Children's Hospital TheWoodlands leadership team also includes a chief surgical officer for whichrecruitment is underway. The chief surgical officer will be responsible fororganizing Texas Children's surgery within the community, focusing on TexasChildren's Hospital The Woodlands.

Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands will include 24emergency center rooms, 74 outpatient rooms, five radiology rooms, fouroperating rooms and 30 acute care beds at opening with plans of up to 200additional beds. In addition to serving families throughout The Woodlands,Texas Children's anticipates serving families in counties throughout GreaterNorth Houston including Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, Liberty, Harris, Polk, SanJacinto and Hardin counties and beyond.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.